Supernatural Review: Brotherhood of the Wolf

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Garth’s always been an odd character, but one I liked on Supernatural. And as much as some Winchester brooding can be a good thing, Garth’s unique sensibilities as a hunter and general goofiness brought a little light-heartedness to the series.

Which is why I’m still a little confused that Supernatural Season 9 Episode 12 decided that Garth should be a werewolf.

Not only had Garth been away from Sam and Dean without contact, but he got married, settled down with a spiritual group and, oh, was bitten and turned.

Really? Did he also fill out his online werewolf dating profile with “enjoys full moonlight strolls, is always hungry like the wolf, and silver just isn’t my color”?

I understand that putting Garth down a path that seemed more inevitable with him taking a silver bullet than coming back is important when it comes to Sam and Dean. It doesn’t have to be that dark ending no matter how dire the circumstances.

Even the reverend’s comments about revenge were fitting for Dean who is bent on making up for Kevin’s death.

At the same time, the concept of the black and white issue about monsters has been discussed before. Yes, not all monsters are bad.

It really wasn’t a surprise that Sam and Dean were suspicious of the werewolf pack that Garth had joined, but I appreciated that they acknowledged they’ve dealt with “good” monsters before.

The concept of Ragnarok, werewolf domination and non-bitten werewolves was interesting, but I’m sure that will only really last just for this episode. And it’s going to be tough to eat pie after that “dinner” scene filled with dripping red meat.

But did Garth have to be the werewolf to get the points across to Dean and Sam? Maybe that more personal touch was important, but couldn’t it have been a different character?

There just felt something off about it, and Garth even seemed less quirky and funny then he usually acts. He seemed like a much quieter version, still with the big heart but without the antics.

At least he was able to bro hug with Dean at the end of the ordeal. He is still a good guy no matter how much extra hair he can end up growing.

So, while I expected a little more out of the case of the week, it was the Sam and Dean aspects of the hour that were the strongest.

From the initial reuniting and being upfront about Gadreel’s leftover grace and Dean’s mark of Cain, I was pleased to see the brothers at least talking. They seemed more open even if it was about the work itself.

And that’s what I love seeing, the two of them working together in a unison that feels powerful. They are a great team.

However, they’ve still got issues when it comes to the family relationship.

That final moment was the most significant for me for the hour as the two came to the inevitable end of episode conversation. The discussion about messing up and working together seemed to be on the right track, and I figured Sam would just agree, then cut to credits.

But the scene went a step further, really hitting at the Winchester issues. The two aren’t on the same page or even on the same thought process as they were seasons ago. Even Dean’s go to about family and Sam questioning the comment about being a cure-all hit an emotional chord.

These two are broken as brothers and it’s going to take a lot to get them back, if they even can, to being on the same page again. I want them to be brothers, and I hope Sam and Dean can find that way to make it all better.

While I'm more mixed on the Garth and his werewolf gang parts of the episode, the Sam and Dean pieces were impactfully important in propelling them back together, albeit in a working relationship and hopefully working to fix the brother relationship too. It's not the happy ending or fix, but with plenty of road left on the Winchester journey, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all ends up.

What did you think of Garth's return?


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I was hoping MOTW were getting their groove back but this sucked. This allegorical episode seemed to treat us viewers like idiots. Even if we missed or forgot "First Born" we got the Cain/Abel metaphor and Sam should have asked the obvious question. And the deathtrap plot device was poorly written - can't they come up with a better way for the villain to somehow gloat (like out of the Winchesters' sight) before the boys kill them then escape?!? *puke*


I don't usually feel this way about Sam after an episode....but his words to Dean at the end.....He was a huge jerk. I'm sorry but as angry as he is, they are still brothers. To imply that they weren't was just wrong. They both need to pull their heads out of their asses and grow up.

@ R

I agree saying not brothers but co workers I know it won't last and Sam is upset but still. why didn't Sam get more details about Cain Mark on Dean's arm he didn't say wait bible Cain should I be worried about you going on the dark side.


In the scene where Sam and Dean listened to Garth barf (say that three times fast) the dialogue seemed forced and expository. What happened to your arm...oh, mark of worked with Crowley?...oh wait, Garth? I felt like we were being hit over the head with it (Hey! Viewers, this is important! Remember what happened?) even though brothers who have had a huge, life-changing blowout might have a similar (minus epic Biblical figures), stilted conversation while a sick friend hurled his guts out in the next room. But I find it hard to believe that Sam wouldn't have mentioned--at least once during their next conversations--"Wait, Cain? From the BIBLE? Whut?" Because let's face it, that's kind of a huge deal. Not to mention--the guy has an extraordinary life span. Oh, and then there's that little matter of Cain being the guy who killed his brother and became the first murderer thing. Sam is so bookish, he'd draw that conclusion and even take the next step (Dean is my brother and he's got Cain's mark) especially since he admitted (at the end of the episode) that he doesn't trust Dean at all. Maybe it will come up in the next episode as something more developed; I wish they hadn't touched on it in this one in such a simplistic way and forced way and just focused on Garth's new lifestyle. In fact, both the brothers were kind of automatrons last night. After the angst-ridden episodes of the past few weeks, this one just scratched the surface and it left me untouched.

@ Saltdnblackburned

You are so right with your conclusions about last night's Supernatural episode. I just went to a mind-freeze that Sam didn't go off/on about Dean's confession about Cain... Found it hard to believe that either he just didn't care about what happens to his brother or that the writers didn't care. One way or the other, the episode was lacking on a lot of levels. And Garth.... where do I begin? A werewolf? Just kill him now and let's do something else. Made no sense whatsoever.


Nah, I think they could have done better. Def a filler episode - though it's possible it was used to set Garth up for some dramatic rescue come-back at some point in the future. I don't know. I liked Garth better the way he was.


Didn't really care for this episode,Garth indeed seemed less quirky&funny than he has in the past.after last week's badass episode this was a huge let down in terms of the overall mythology, and it looks like next week's cornball episode will be another "funny" filler episode. Also the lack of Cas and Crowley is always a bummer.


I hate the end, it is a shit, I am very angry

@ sammy winchester


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